'''George MacDonald''' (10 December 1824 – 18 September 1905) was a Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister. He was a pioneering figure in the field of fantasy literature
and the mentor of fellow writer Lewis Carroll
. His writings have been cited as a major literary influence by many notable authors including W. H. Auden
, C. S. Lewis
, J. R. R. Tolkien
[Gary K. Wolfe, "George MacDonald", in E. F. Bleiler|Bleiler, E. F., ed.,''Supernatural Fiction Writers: Fantasy and Horror''. New York: Scribner's, 1985. ISBN 0684178087 (pp.239–246).] Walter de la Mare
''Romantic Imagery in the Works of Walter de la Mare''
Lewiston, N.Y. : E. Mellen Press, 2001, ISBN 088946927X (p. 345)] E. Nesbit
C. S. Lewis wrote that he regarded MacDonald as his "master": "Picking up a copy of ''Phantastes
'' one day at a train-station...